Shannon student Jaswinder Kaur will attend Michigan State University on a Fulbright scholarship to further her studies in fungal biology.

As a sixteen year old, Jaswinder moved with her family from New Delhi to Shannon where she completed her Leaving Cert in St Patrick’s Comprehensive School.  Now a PhD student, Jaswinder graduated from Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) with a degree in Pharmaceutical and Forensic Analysis and was also awarded a Masters degree.

Jaswinder says, “When I was made aware of the transformational opportunities that Fulbright offers in terms of sharing my experiences with a great nation built on immigration (USA), I knew that this was an opportunity far too valuable to miss. I hope to use Fulbright to advance my area of interest in fungal biology while also seeing it as an opportunity to critically analyse the similarities and differences between Ireland and the USA in terms of immigration.”

Jaswinder believes she has been shaped by her own cultural and educational experiences and Fulbright offers a platform to share and learn from similar experiences. “I have been given equal opportunity, access to knowledge and resources. In return Ireland now has a hardworking and dedicated student who can apply her knowledge to quantifiable skills and share them with her peers,” she said.

In 2012 Jaswinder began a post grad in fungal biology. In LIT the opportunity presented to work as a research assistant on an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership project to increase the efficiency of solar glass panels.

Commenting on the successful Fulbright application, LIT President Vincent Cunnane said, “Jaswinder Kaur is representative of a new and exciting Ireland whose citizens or their parents may not have been born here, but who make this country their home and go on to represent it with pride across the world.  We are so proud to have played a part in Jaswinder’s academic achievements to date, and look forward to the even greater success we know awaits her.

“Jaswinder is not only an example to other new Irish citizens and residents hoping to study and build a career in Ireland, but she is a role model to all young women looking to a career in the sciences.  “We wish her well during her scholarship in Michigan and look forward to welcoming her back to LIT again to complete her PhD,” he said.